Private Lives Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Amanda suggest she and Elyot do if their spouses find them?

2. According to Elyot, what would his and Amanda's lives have been like had they not seen each other again?

3. In Act II, what does Elyot tell Amanda they must do?

4. What does Elyot refer to as "laughable?"

5. What do Amanda and Elyot not believe in?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why would Elyot say that he and Amanda would have been perfectly happy with Victor and Sibyl?

2. Why does it seem that Elyot and Amanda are able to forgive each other silently during their time-outs?

3. How do Amanda and Elyot's feelings differ on the abandonment of Sibyl and Victor?

4. What sets off the very first argument of Act II?

5. Why does Elyot say that, despite their current happiness, being separated was probably for the best?

6. At the beginning of Act II, does it appear that Elyot and Amanda have been getting along? How can the reader tell?

7. What are Amanda and Elyot arguing about when Elyot first calls "Sollocks?"

8. In Act II, what does Elyot say that reveals his philosophy on life?

9. What are some of the things that initially attracted Amanda to Victor?

10. How is Elyot being hypocritical about Amanda's disclosure of her post-marital affairs?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

"Private Lives" is known for sharp, witty dialogue. What role does the dialogue play in this story? How does it add to the plot, humor, and character development?

Essay Topic 2

When Victor is questioning Amanda in Act III, she claims that she hates Elyot, though she is deeply attracted to him. Does Amanda truly hate Elyot? Can she hate him and have an attraction? How? Keep in mind how loving she and Elyot are to each other, including the fact that they make up and leave together at the end.

Essay Topic 3

Consider the character of Louise. Why is she included in the play? What is the purpose of Sibyl and Victor not being able to understand her foreign language? What does she add to the overall arch of the play?

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